Johnny Simmons stars as a 30-year-old sex therapist who has never gone through puberty. His world turns upside-down after the removal of a benign brain tumor.
The film — Pollak’s feature directorial debut — also stars J.K. Simmons, Maria Bello, Brittany Snow, Jane Lynch, Kumail Nanjiani, Beck Bennett, Paul Wesley, Ken Marino, Illeana Douglas, Charlotte McKinney, Vanessa Ragland, Blake Cooper and Lenora Crichlow.
“Late Bloomer” is loosely based on Ken Baker’s 2001 memoir “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body.” The book recounts the E! news correspondent’s experience of going through puberty for the first time at age 30 after having a pituitary tumor removed.
“Dateline NBC” profiled Baker in 2008, when his memoir hit stores. Raphael Kryszek’s Ineffable Pictures optioned the rights to Baker’s book. In 2007, Heidi Jo Markel began developing the project with Alcon Entertainment, eventually optioning it from them, and providing financing through her Eclectic Pictures output deal.
Producers include Markel, Kryszek and Jesse Israel. Conor Charles is a co-producer.
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Joe Nussbaum, Paul A. Kaplan & Mark Torgove, and Kyle Cooper & Austyn Jeffs wrote the script. The film is expected to hit theaters this fall.
Pollak’s documentary debut, “Misery Loves Comedy,” screened at Sundance and Tribeca in 2015. Pollak will be at the Tribeca Film Festival promoting the Netflix comedy “Special Correspondents,” starring Ricky Gervais.